Post Number: 130
|Posted on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 05:43 pm: ||
Hey guys, I am having a problem and was wondering if you all could help me out.
On April 20, my fifteen year old mare Tiffany had her tenth baby, a beautiful buckskin colt. From the very beginning, she seemed sort of detatched from him, like she was just going through the motions of being a mom with no feeling to it. Yesterday, she just stopped nursing him at all. She is still protective of him around the rest of the herd, even though they are over the fence from her, but other then that, it seems like she just doesn't like the baby. She will let him nurse, but only if she is haltered with someone holding the rope and reprimanding her when she kicks at him or pushes him away.
Now, what is confusing me about this is that she has always been our most reliable broodmare. It is like she was just made to be a mama, and that is all she has wanted until now. What do you all think? Like I said, he is getting milk when she is haltered, and we are doing that every two hours and letting him get his fill.
Here are some pictures if anyone is interested: http://apdhorses.com/foals.htm
Any help is very appreciated.
Post Number: 427
|Posted on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 09:48 pm: ||
Joanna -I am not the one to answer your question, but that is a beautiful colt! I am breeding for another bucksin next year.
Megan A Brown
Post Number: 24
|Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 01:13 pm: ||
I'ld have a vet out to make sure something wasn't hurting her. It might be that she's got a sore spot internaly that his nursing is bothering.
Post Number: 34
|Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 02:57 pm: ||
How about mastitius (not sure on the spelling)? If she is protective of him, I would assume pain somewhere. Keep us posted.
Post Number: 131
|Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 04:33 pm: ||
The vet came out and said that there was noting that he could find that would be causing her pain. He did a very thourough check of her, and I trust him to tell me if something is wrong , so I believe him. He did, however, put her on some oxytocin, and she is letting the little guy nurse. But she still seems very disinterested in him. I go out about every three to four hours and make sure that he gets to nurse as much as he wants to, and Tiffany is letting him nurse for a minute or two about three times an hour.
I really want this baby to do well, as he is the sweetest and friendliest foal I have ever been around. He doesn't look sickly at all, so I am just keeping a very close eye on them.
One more thing: Two days before Jackson was born, my herd of geldings got into the mares pasture while I was at work. Tiffany was VERY stressed, and had the baby two days later, at 320 days gestation. Now, she usually carries till about 328 days, do you think the stress caused her to go early? The baby was fine, just kind of on the small size.
Thanks for your input.